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From the publisher's desk: Birds rule roost around here

When Rick and I were shopping for a place to live in Del Norte County we looked at a vacant lot off of Kings Valley Road.

The small lot was planted in various species of trees and shrubs with homemade bird feeders were everywhere. As we walked on paths between the trees we’d spot an occasional birdbath or watering hole. The property was an aviary without walls. Bird songs, whistles and chirps could be heard a block away.

We did not buy the lot for several reasons, one being that we did not want to disturb this magical place. I have never gone back to see if birds still thrive there, or if someone has built a human residence and taken their space.

At my house in Brookings, I fed a lonely crow. I left him bread and in return he brought me gifts. I don’t know where he got the stuff, but he often brought leftovers like chicken bones and shiny objects like aluminum foil. He left them in or near the birdbath I kept filled for him. When I backed out of the driveway to go to work every morning, he screeched from his perch in the fir tree something that sounded like “by-ee, by-ee.”


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